Chris Steven, Abuja
Worried by the rate of poor performance of students in the public examinations, the National Examination Council (NECO) has blamed such recurring poor performance on poor quality of teachers.
This was as the body also revealed that it was considering the introduction of computer based examination into some of the objectives based subjects in subsequent examinations.
Chairman of NECO Governing Board, Dr Paddy Njoku disclosed this yesterday during the Board’s monitoring visit to the Model Secondary School Maitama centre of NECO Senior Secondary School Examination, Abuja.
He however said the performance of students in the examination had improved in the last two years based on students who made five credits including Mathematics and English.
The NECO Board Chairman expressed optimism that the performance would continue to improve as the rot that led to the poor performance of students would take time to fix.
He blamed dwindling performance of students on the quality of teachers, adding that efforts were being made to address the problem.
His words: If we do not get the correct materials to teach the students in terms of teacher quality, we do not expect the students to do wonders.
We are trying to encourage in our own way, the authorities to make sure that teachers are properly motivated to produce good students.
We have to look at the quality and commitment of the teachers and to make sure they are properly trained.
It is something that should be done in conjunction with other stakeholders,’’
He said he was impressed with the progress of the examination as the students and the teachers conducted themselves well.
The NECO Board Chairman said that the visit was informed by the fact the day’s paper-Mathematics was compulsory for all the students.
“We will introduce CBT in papers that need computer in the next exams, but some other subjects are either practical or easy so you cannot put everything under CBT.
Mathematics is compulsory; so the hall will be full; that is why we decided to inspect them today.
We do about four levels of monitoring-we have invigilators’ supervisors, security men and external monitors drawn from institutions of higher learning who independently monitor without getting involved in the administration of the exam.
The board comes out to monitor and get direct assessment of the situation so that nobody tells stories and all these we do to ensure very strict control of our examination,’’ Njoku said.
He said that reports from all over the country indicated that the examination was going on fine.
NECO Registrar, Prof. Abdulrashid Garba , reiterated that in 2016, all objective examination of the body would be CBT.
He said he had been going round school by school and state by state, adding that the visit to Model Secondary School Maitama was the Board’s monitoring.
“In the schools visited so far, we have not seen anything that can cause disturbance; it has been complete compliance with the rules of the examination.
He said adequate security arrangements were made to safeguard the centres especially those in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.